a milestone which she saw as distant and jeopardized when she was
diagnosed with UC at the age of 39. Looking back now, Maureen feels
that she was fortunate to have the guidance of a compassionate
gastroenterologist, the benefit of modern pharmaceuticals, the ongoing
research devoted to curing UC, and the support of a terrific family.
-- Elizabeth Camp, an emergency medical technician from Concord, Ga., was
diagnosed with UC when she was just eleven years old. The disease was
so advanced that she underwent several surgeries to remove her large
intestine. Elizabeth has since resumed a normal life, but her
experience as a survivor changed her as a person and has allowed her to
see the colors of the world in a new light.
-- Pamela Jefferson, from Carthage, Ill., is a wife, mother and
grandmother, a second grade teacher and active member of her church
parish. However, when diagnosed with UC fifteen years ago, she felt as
if her life centered around where bathrooms were located. Since then
she has found that the keys to living successfully with UC are prayer,
education, the right foods and medication, exercise and a good sense of
-- Patty Kunze, from Cape Canaveral, Fla., remembers that less than eight
years ago her life was jammed with doctors' visits, exhaustion, stress,
pain and uncertainty about her future. But after learning how to manage
her UC, she feels that she is no longer a UC patient first and
foremost. She is a National Board Certified eighth-grade teacher who
plays bass and trumpet in a band; she is someone who recently finished
writing her first novel; she is someone who goes contra dancing on the
weekends ... and she just happens to have UC.
-- Shervin Shafa, from Raleigh, N.C., began h
|SOURCE The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America|
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